Having entered a similar competition in Germany as a boy Dr Schulz believed YITCE could encourage an interest in IT among school students. For SAP the YICTE programme forms an important element of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.
In terms of the calibre and nature of entries to the competition, Tim Sleep, SAP general manager for NSW, said that younger participants tend to gravitate toward building websites, although these often feature interactive content. The senior winners of last year's competition however developed a novel approach to lossless audio compression.
Prizes on offer include iPads, iPods and book vouchers, with all participants receiving a 'goody bag' for their efforts. Travis Joy, the YICTE coordinator for NSW, said: 'The goal of this is to inspire students to take on ICT as a career.'
In NSW, the University of NSW is fulfilling a similar role to that played by the University of Queensland in terms of hosting and judging the finals of the competition.
Universities are particularly keen on programmes to raise the profile of ICT in schools. Over the last decade demand from students to study ICT or computer science has waned, forcing some universities to drop entrance requirements to attract students.